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Qaisar appeals against death penalty

Qaisar appeals against death penalty

Former Jatiya Party minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar today challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. His lawyer Joynul Abedin Tuhin submitted the 50-page appeal, along with necessary documents, with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court around...

Explain concerns over Bergman contempt: ICT

Explain concerns over Bergman contempt: ICT

Individuals who were concerned of Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman’s conviction in a contempt charge against a war crimes tribunal will now have to clarify their say. All those who gave out the statement of concern will have to clarify their statement by January 27, Mustafizur Rahman, registrar of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT),...

New CJ to lead Mojaheed’s appeal hearing

New CJ to lead Mojaheed’s appeal hearing

The Supreme Court is set tomorrow to start hearing the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed challenging the death penalty handed down to him for his war crimes. The appeal has been enlisted for hearing as case No-4 in tomorrow’s cause list of a four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by newly appointed Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. The three other judges of the bench are Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik. On December 3 last year, a five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by incumbent Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain fixed January 14 for...

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Show cause notice for Jamaat counsel, 5 others

Show cause notice for Jamaat counsel, 5 others

A war crimes tribunal today issued a show-cause notice against a Jamaat-e-Islami a defense lawyer and five leaders of the party and its student affiliate Islami Chhatra Shibir for their statements allegedly demeaning the court. International Crimes Tribunal-1 issued the show-cause seeking explanation as to why contempt of court proceedings should not be moved against them for their statements given to the media after the death verdict of Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam. The notice was issued to Jamaat’s acting Ameer Moqbul Ahmed, acting Secretary General Shafiqur Rahman and Nayeb-e-Ameer Mujibur Rahman, Shibir’s President Abdul Jabbar, Secretary General Atiqur Rahman and lawyer Tajul Islam. The three-member tribunal, led by its Chairman M...

New Year begins with Jamaat hartal

New Year begins with Jamaat hartal

  The New Year begins today with a countrywide hartal sponsored by the Jamaat-e-Islami. The hartal (shutdown) was clamped from 6:00am this morning. However, no agitation or untoward incident was reported in Dhaka until filing of this report around 11:00am. Vehicles were plying lesser in number than usual this morning. However, the traffic began to pick...

Defence disappointed, says will appeal

Defence disappointed, says will appeal

The defence counsel appeared disappointed after a war crimes tribunal handed death to Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general ATM Azharul Islam today. “The tribunal gave Azharul Islam death on three counts based on the evidence presented by the prosecution,” said Tajul Islam, the spokesperson of the defence counsel. “But, it would have been appropriate if those...

Tried for war crimes not for political identity: Tribunal

Tried for war crimes not for political identity: Tribunal

The tribunal is trying people for their role and involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971 not for their political identity, said a judge of International Crimes Tribunal-1 today before reading out the summary of judgement. The tribunal also suggested the aggrieved party to go to the Appellate Division of...

Govt wants to ban Jamaat thru war trial: Minister

Govt wants to ban Jamaat thru war trial: Minister

The government wants to ban Jamaat-e-Islami, the party which opposed the birth of Bangladesh in 1971, through war crimes trial, Law Minister Anisul Huq said today. And, the necessary change to the prevailing law to try an organisation for war crimes will be placed before the cabinet in upcoming January, the minister added. “The proposal...

Prosecution returns 'faulty' probe report

For the first time ever, the international crimes tribunals chief prosecutor's office has sent a report on two war crimes suspects back to the investigation agency, citing errors. Chief Prosecutor Ghulam Arieff Tipoo yesterday returned the report with other documents and recommended further investigations of alleged Razakars of Kishoreganj Nasir Uddin Ahmed and his brother Shamsuddin Ahmed, said a prosecutor and an investigator. Nasir, 62, a former army officer, and Shamsuddin, 60, a lawyer of Kishoreganj, are the sons of late...

Bergman’s conviction chills speech, says int’l rights groups

Bergman’s conviction chills speech, says int’l rights groups

The December 2 conviction of journalist David Bergman on contempt charges by International Crimes Tribunal further shrinks the narrowing space for observers to comment on the war crimes proceedings, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Bergman was sentenced to a symbolic “simple imprisonment till the rising of...

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